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I’m going to be totally honest with you. This is a terrible tutorial. I saw something similar to these patriotic paper medallions on Huckleberry Love and they were just stunning. The colors were bright and crisp and the paper was so clean and professional-looking! I knew I wanted to try something like that for my summer mantel. There was just one problem. Well, two, actually. I’m NOT a crafty person, really and I don’t own a Silhouette or any other kind of cutting machine. So I just started winging it until I was able to make three of my own. Now, back to why this is a terrible tutorial: I didn’t take a single photo of the process. Not one. And the “finished” product was thrown together hastily and photographed in the dark on my kitchen table. Honestly, this post is just a “get something up on the blog because it’s been several days” kind of post. I was really hoping for a more impressive outcome, but it’s just not happening today. That’s the way it is sometimes here in blog-land. 🙂 So instead of glossing over it, I figured I would just be honest: this is a great idea. You CAN make them without a cutting machine. These paper medallions look pretty and when I spend more time on them, I will be happy with them. In the mean time, this is what you get. 🙂
Patriotic Paper Medallions
- Coordinating scrapbook paper
- Scraps of cardstock
- Paper straws or small wooden dowels
These pretty pinwheels just require a few supplies. I grabbed several sheets of scrapbook paper (12×12) and cut a few strips in varying widths across them. I then folded the strips in an accordion-style fold back and forth until they were completely folded end to end. (Just like I did with my Easter paper crafts.) I then glued two strips of folded paper together on each end. This made a circle of accordion folded paper. See? Are you confused yet? I told you this was terrible. I’m so sorry. Anyway, once you have a circle, all you have to do is press down on the middle and it flattens out to become these lovely round medallions! Secure then to a piece of card stock on the back and glue a small circle of paper or even another medallion to the front and it’s finished! I taped a paper straw to the back of mine so they would stand up in a tin bucket I had. I like the look it created and I’m going to use them on my mantel as soon as I come up with something amazing for the centerpiece. 🙂
Now, really, if you need to see pictures so you know what I’m talking about, please visit Huckleberry Love and read her GREAT tutorial. Just remember that you CAN do it without a machine. 🙂